Kānāwai Māmalahoe, Law of the Splintered Paddle
The Splintered Paddle is a precept used by ancient Hawaiians. Centuries later it became Hawaiian law, set in place by King Kamehameha I in 1797.
E nā kānaka,
E mālama ‘oukou i ke akua
A e mālama ho‘i ke kanaka nui a me kanaka iki;
E hele ka ‘ele-makule, ka luahine, a me ke kama
A moe i ke ala
‘A‘ohe mea nāna e ho‘o-pilikia.
Hewa nō, make.
Honor thy god;
respect alike [the rights of] people both great and humble;
May everyone, from the old men and women to the children
Be free to go forth and lie in the road (i.e. by the roadside or pathway)
Without fear of harm.
Break this law, and die.